St. Lawrence Island, AK

This week’s Elder Voices features our 2002 interview with Susan Campbell, who was born in Gambell in 1934. Join KNOM on the air every Wednesday at 11am and again at 6pm, for the rebroadcast of the beloved series, Elder Voices.

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Join KNOM every Wednesday at 11am and again at 6pm for the rebroadcast of the beloved series, Elder Voices. This week’s show featured Dan Karmun, from Deering.

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Patrick Omiak, an elder from Little Diomede, Alaska

This September, Elder Voices remembered the late Patrick Omiak. Born in Diomede in 1935, the respected leader passed away in early August of this year due to natural causes. He was 77 years old.  In November 2010, Patrick shared his memories and experiences with Elder Voices. We re-aired his story this month in honor of his…

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  “It’s important to let them know who you are, where you are from, your language. When you get older you will see how important it is. Our history.”                                                    …

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“Eskimo dancing and singing makes you feel good. It makes you forget all the problems you have in your life, your mind. It’s just like turning everything over to the care of God.” – Wilfred Anowlic Episode 1: Music Episode 2: Subsistence Episode 3: Peace  

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“Always teaching Always learning An Elder speaks While listeners observe intently Learning from brain to heart…” – Yaayuk Alvanna Stimpfle Episode I: Elim Episode II: Solomon Episode III: Nome, Elim, and God

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This series features Yupik Elder Harriet Penayah. Listen to the previous episode here. Harriet Penayah stays active in her community. The 80 year-old elder teaches children native drumming and dance. She also recently opened up her home to her community’s youth. Savoonga has no teen center. After the “hang-out place” closed down, Harriet saw teens…

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This series features Yupik elder Harriet Penayah. Listen to the first episode here. For most of her life, Harriet Penayah worked as a health aide in Savoonga. She tended to the wounded and sick within her community, stitching up cuts, transfusing blood, and even delivering twins. There were no doctors in Savoonga. No nurses. But Harriet says…

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This episode is the first of a three-part series featuring Yupik elder Harriet Penayah. When Harriet Penayah was growing up in Savoonga in the 1930s, the Alaska native village looked much the same as it does today. “No igloos,” she says, “no sod houses.” Just wooden-frame homes clustered above the black sandy beach. But, she says,…

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